No matter the drink, alcohol in all its forms is poisonous. Every drink destroys thousands of brain cells. It fogs the brain, lowers the inhibitions (the ability to do things that would not be done if alcohol was not in the system). Often a person becomes talkative, but memory and reason are affected. Permanent brain damage can occur. With large quantities of alcohol in the blood, hallucinations, loss of brain function and then death may occur.
But the damage to the body is only one part of the problem. Social, psychological, and financial problems can be even greater. While a drinker may feel he is happier, more free and friendly, yet often alcohol can lead him to arguments, violence and aggression. The home is often the scene of quarrels, fights and abuse. Children and spouses may be neglected or harmed. The place that should be the happiest place in the world becomes a place of disappointment, misery and fear. How much better if alcohol did not enter the home.
Alcohol also affects adversely (badly) the unborn baby. Whatever the mother eats or drinks is eaten and drunk by the baby. The problem is, the alcohol must be removed by the liver from the mother's blood before it can be removed from the baby's blood. The baby's liver is not sufficiently developed to remove the alcohol from its own system, so it must depend on its mother's liver to break down the alcohol. Her liver breaks down the alcohol from her blood first. Then the alcohol from the baby passes back through the placenta to the mother's blood where it is processed. Thus the baby remains drunk longer than the mother. All the time the alcohol is in the baby's blood it is doing damage. It is damaging the brain, organs and body.
"In relation to tea, coffee, tobacco, and alcoholic drinks, the only safe course is to touch not, taste not, handle not. The tendency of tea, coffee, and similar drinks is in the same direction as that of alcoholic liquor and tobacco, and in some cases the habit is as difficuolt to break as it is for the drunkard to give up intoxicants. Those who attempt to leave off these stimulants will for a time feel a loss and will suffer without them. But by persistence they will overcome the craving and cease to feel the lack. Nature may require a little time to recover from the abuse she has suffered; but give her a chance, and she will again rally and perform her work nobly and well." E.G. White, Health and Happiness, p. 139.
Written by Terri Horner